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on the side

C2 in addition to your main job: He makes a little money on the side by cleaning windows in his spare time. secretly: I think he has another woman on the side (= a relationship with a woman who is not his wife). mainly US (of food in a restaurant) served on another plate, or not on part of the meal: I'd like a salad with the dressing on the side (= with the dressing served separately from the salad), please. I'll have a omelette with fries on the side, please.
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